Before you start reading here, head on over to my sweet friend Kelsey's to read what SHE learned while camping this weekend. I can wait. I have to say a resounding "amen" and then add my own adventures :)
This year we returned to one of our favourite campgrounds in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia. The town's motto is "Parrsboro Rocks" and, yes, it does. Not only is it beautiful and small and the people wonderfully friendly, but we always time our visits with the annual Gem and Mineral Show. It's the perfect destination for our family; geological wonders and amazing photography opportunities.
What makes Parrsboro special for us? For one, it (along with the rest of the Fundy coast) boasts the world's highest tides. The tides average a difference of 35 feet (12 meters) between high and low tides, leaving boats from floating high at the dock to sitting on the muddy ground. There are about 6 hours between low and high tides, so there's plenty of time to explore.
Here's the beach a couple of hours after low tide. That really huge rock is taller than we are and is completely covered when the tide comes in!
The tides expose rich mineral deposits, and one of our favourite features of the Gem and Mineral show is to walk the shore with a geologist, where you can actually see the different evolutionary layers of the earth as he explains what you're looking at. It really is amazing to see eons exposed like that. History is so much more real when you can see and touch it. The museum explains it all as well. There are also amazing mineral finds in the area, fossils everywhere, and in nearby Joggins, an actual dinosaur dig. For me, everywhere I look is evidence of God's hand in all things (but don't tell all the scientists).
This year our friendly pals at the Glooscap Campground gave us an ocean view site with a big field to run around in. Right across the "road" was the observation post and the stairs down to the beach. How great is that?!
Our first night was so beautiful and we just soaked it all in. We had had an uneventful but relaxing car ride--without even using the DVD player--miracle! We pulled in just behind my mom and got set up quickly. A run for groceries (because we couldn't fit them in our car) and a nice meal, followed by a walk on the beach and fun campfire.
(Never teach a 3 year old "There Ain't No Flies on Us". It's only cute the first time.)
In other words, it was a wonderful day. Dream family vacation. The reason you should go camping. We could have been an advertisement. In fact, see if we can't sell you on this...
(All photos by me, SOOC. I love you Canon Rebel!)
Did I mention that the ocean breeze not only acted as Mother Nature's own air conditioning, but also blew the bugs right off? 4 days, no insect repellent, 3 bites (and they're all on my toes).
Does it have you planning your next vacation? Come and visit! Or tell me: what treasures are right around YOUR corner?